55,669 VILLAGES TO HAVE MOBILE CONNECTIVITY BY 2019
Government of India has planned to provide mobile connectivity in 55,669 villages by March 2019 in a phased manner.
A comprehensive telecom development plan for the north-eastern region at an estimated cost of Rs 5,336.18 crore has already been approved.
Regarding connectivity in areas affected by left wing extremism (LWE), a total of 1517 towers out of 2199 identified by Ministry of Home Affairs have started functioning till date, the DoT said.
On connecting rural India through high-speed broadband, the department said that optic fiber in 48,199 gram panchayats has been completed up to April 25,2016
For deeper digital penetration in rural areas, the government has taken up the BharatNet project in mission mode to connect all 2.50 lakh gram panchayats, which have over 600 million people.
Bharat Net will support e-governance services, e-commerce, tele-medicine, tele-education, financial services, among others.
“This would open up new avenues for access service providers like mobile operators, cable TV operators, among others, to launch next generation services and spur creation of local employment opportunities,” the DOT said.